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Learn More About the Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals

The Fourth District is comprised of 14 counties: Adams, Athens, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence

Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington.

The courts of appeals are established by Article IV, Section 1 of the Ohio Constitution, and their jurisdiction is outlined in Article IV, Section 3. As intermediate level appellate courts, their primary function is to hear appeals from the common pleas, municipal and county courts. Each case is heard and decided by a three-judge panel.

In addition to their appellate jurisdiction, the courts of appeals have original jurisdiction, as does the Supreme Court, to hear applications for writs of habeas corpus, mandamus, procedendo, prohibition and quo warranto. 

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